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Rei-JJ, Appreciate the insight. Helps minimize my trial and error period. The Silk Road link is just awesome. I ordered the Alpkit custom bag, at a third less than the RD bag. Now I'll slowly acquire the other bags. I'm pretty sure I'll rely on RD for a seatpost pack, handlebar harness and dry bag, couple of feedbags. I'm really interested in Bedrock's downtube waterbag, and then I'll see how much room I have for a second down tube bag. Top tube bags I will price out. RD makes a Yakataga dry bag that attaches to the handlebar setup. It is expensive at $125, but it looks like the perfect camera bag for my purposes. I'll also add a new tent to my list. I'll probably acquire one of the Big Ages bikepacking designs because it packs down so small. I have other tents, and I inquired about having custom poles made for one of them, to have twelve inch sectioned pole. Company won't do it. I've walked a few trails and peddled a few miles. Done stretches of the AT and PCT. Strolled around Hood and Ranier. Chaperoned a supported 200-mile youth bikepack trip. I'm looking to do GAP and C & O ride solo. Dream rides? Unsupported....Baja. Need a new plus bike to do that. Supported? Tour d'Afrique (https://tdaglobalcycling.com/tour-dafrique) Can probably manage that with one of the bikes I currently own. But parenthood and tuition will keep these longer rides on a rather distant horizon. I can probably swing anything under a week. Again, thank you Be well.
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John, I appreciate the attention. I purchased the small RD frame bag. Unfortunately, once home and through focused trial, I had to accept that the small RD bag did not fit. It's just too big, too jammed into the frame. I lose too much cubic space of the bag because it is smashed into the triangle. And the RD bag is just too expensive for it not to fit well. I will return it in the morning. (But I am keeping my new Jetboil Micromo stove.) I want to use the frame pack as a kicthen: stove unit, a few dehydrated meals, long spoon, couple tea bags. I'd be content with two or three meals given the tight space I have to work with. I will extend the kitchen to a down tube bag for rides longer than two days. Given your Alaska location, I assume you purchased a Bedrock bag. I think I will contact them and Alpkit for pricing comparison. The advantage with Alpkit is they have a two week order-to-delivery timeframe.
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